[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (June 2017 Round #1)


Listening to music can sometimes feel like traveling in a time machine. Certain songs can take you back to some of the best (or worst) times. And you can always continue to travel with every new song you add to your library. So let’s make some new memories with some new indie jams on the latest Indie Dojo. Life long motto: Never stop traveling.

’Alex the Astronaut – Already Home’
’The Wild Now – Run For Your Life’
’Haiva Ru – Work It On Out’
’Low Island – That Kind of Love’
’Wovoka Gentle –
Branscombe’

’Will Heggadon – Falling Up (Single)’
’Daudi Matsiko – Houston In The Blind’
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[Indie-Pop/R&B] RÓSA – Without You

RÓSA
Without You

Near the tail end of last year, Orange County, CA-based indie-pop trio RÓSA took our ears hostage with their debut 2016 EP Gypsy Queen. RÓSA’s developed songwriting and crystalline, synthetic sonority once again hit this writer like a ton of bricks when the triumvirate unveiled the first single from sophomore EP, Wasteful, due out on June 30th,  “Without You”. “Without You” leans on a vocal-centric aesthetic from lead singer Will Winters, propped up on a bed of subtle yet sophisticated arpeggiated synths, snares that snap like a twig under combat boots, and modal harmonies that flit all over their instrumental landscape. We’ve been drawing comparisons to acts as big as TMN darlings The 1975 to Aaron Maine’s lush Porches project, which for this writer is the biggest stamp of approval we’ve thrown out in some time. We’ll be waiting patiently for the rest of Wasteful, but until then, stream “Without You” above.

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[Indie/Rock] Aly Ryan – No Parachute

ALY RYAN
No Parachute

Get ready for your Friday to rock. Thank Aly Ryan for that, whose new single “No Parachute” just came out this week. It’s a hit, no doubt about it. Mark our words, at the end of the year, it’s still going to be a song we come back to and play as one of our favorite indie songs of 2017. It’s just that good.

“No Parachute” is all fun, no filler. Aly’s voice is angelical, while the catchy, yet raw instrumental pounds away underneath. Things start quickly, taking almost no time to get the excitement going. From there Aly doesn’t let up a bit, satisfying your ears until the end of the song. From there, you just want more and more. A warning should be issued with “No Parachute” as you may just turn this on and have it repeating all day long like we’ve done.

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The Griswolds talk Curb Your Enthusiasm, Jamie Lee Curis, and Tim’s Last Show [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]

Images courtesy of Nikolai Puc

Exactly three years ago, I premiered “Beware The Dog” by The Griswolds, and I’ve felt a kinship with these Aussies ever since. Their infectious energy is felt throughout both their recorded music and live performances. I don’t need to tell you that, though. Just head out to one of their shows and try jockeying for position amongst throngs of relentless fans who have patiently waited outside the venues on hours on end, awaiting that precious spot at the front of the stage.

In March, we had the pleasure of catching up with bassist Tim John and frontman Chris Whitehall at Denver’s charmingly divey Marquee Theater, where the group closed out their U.S. High Times for Low Lives album tour. Our lighthearted chat was pleasant – as it always is with these consummate professionals and all-around good guys — but the room felt heavy with the anticipation of what would be a momentous show in the band’s history: Tim, the band’s original bassist, was about to play his last gig in America, and after a few more shows overseas, he would retire from the Griswolds.

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[Event Review] Project Pabst: Denver 2017

In just its second year in existence as a four city national event (Denver, Portland, Philadelphia, Atlanta), the barley-pop funded Project Pabst has quickly cemented itself as one of the hottest tickets in each town it lays it Laser Horse inspired hooves. Always an eclectic lineup, in its brief run Project Pabst has consistently boasted a mix of both established and upcoming acts spanning myriad genres from Tame Impala, STRFKR, Violent Femmes, FIDLAR, Duran Duran & Iggy Pop to A$AP Ferg, Danny Brown, K. Flay & Big K.R.I.T. to name but a few; and this year’s Denver date served only to stoke the already vibrant fire within our Ninja hearts. It was yet another excellently curated day in Denver’s hipster bastion of the RiNo neighborhood, and we’ve got plenty to dish about the second Denver Project Pabst date.

As always, the day kicked off sprightly at 2:00 p.m. behind a choice segue into the beautiful day with a frenetic performance from Chicago indie rock outfit Twin Peaks. In a rather short span beginning in 2013, Twin Peaks have rapidly evolved from a hectic, sloppy group of teenage rockers into a firmly polished five piece with the ability to command a stage with the best of them. Twin Peaks cycled primarily through fare from LP’s Wild Onion and Down in Heaven including staples like “I Found a Way”, “Making Breakfast” and “Holding Roses”, but more than made sure to satisfy their diehards as well with a few cuts from debut long player Sunken. With the day’s first performance under our belts, it was time for some $3.00 PBR and a jaunt to the other end of Larimer Street for a little slice of scuzzy L.A. rock duo Deap Vally.

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[MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (May 2017 Round #4)

Who would of thunk Tuesday’s could be a favorite day of the week? But really, with a brand new Indie Dojo every Tuesday, how can it not be?
’Quantum Keys – Back With Me’
’Febueder – Morning Yawn’
’Sam Frankl – Gold Rush’
’Coastal Clouds – Wanna Come Down’
’Take Your Time – Love at First Sight’
’mk.gee – I Know How You Get’
’didirri – Blind You’
’Michal Geva – Let Me Go’
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Gonzalla – T.M.V. [TMN PREMIERE]

Gonzalla
T.M.V.

After living across the pond in London and Liverpool for nearly a half decade, Cody Randall, aka Gonzalla, is back in the states and up to some serious songwriting. Today’s offering, his first in nearly a year, was crafted just after his most recent move.

“T.M.V.” sparkles with pure, warm-weather brilliance, calling on associations of acts like Dan Croll, St. Lucia, and Absofacto, a few of our personal favorites around here. Wonderfully drum-centric in nature (hence the nod to Jean-Philip Grobler’s work), the big booming toms are counterbalanced with soft, accentuating synths that, together, create an enveloping soundscape perfect for Randall’s voice and catchy hooks.

After a successful stint at SXSW this year, we’re guessing Gonzalla is gearing up for one hell of a year. Make sure to tune in by following him on Facebook, Twitter, and SoundCloud.

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